Philadelphia Flyers Disregarding Travel Rules Latest Instance of Ignoring CBA

January 4th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

Usually if a flight takes off a little earlier than expected, that can be a good thing for travelers. 

That’s not how it works in the NHL, however, as the Philadelphia Flyers were fined an undisclosed amount Sunday for flying to Nashville on Dec. 26 during a three-day break that does not allow for travel of any kind.

The idea behind the restriction is grounded in competitive balance—if a team leaves in the evening of Dec. 26 for a game on Dec. 27 while other teams follow the agreed-upon rule, that would, theoretically, give the team departing a few hours earlier than everyone else traveling later a slight advantage.

According to Flyers GM Ron Hextall, the players asked to leave early and the team obliged.

"When the players asked, once we made the decision that we were going to do what they wanted to do – and in the end obviously I felt it was the right decision for the club as well – given the CBA I'm not gonna ask the players if they want to fly the night before," Hextall told the media. "When they came to me I thought it was a reasonable request, so the decision was made."

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